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American Council for Judaism Charged with ‘rigging’ News Report

November 24, 1959
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Rabbi Irving Miller, chairman of the American Zionist Council, addressing the dinner of the Zionist Organization of America at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel tonight, charged that the American Council for Judaism several days ago “rigged” its news report of a reply it received from Parker T. Hart of the State Department, to a communication from the president of the American Council for Judaism, Clarence L. Coleman, Jr. Rabbi Miller said that “the report was rigged in manner best calculated to serve that organization’s nefarious purposes.”

Objecting to repeated references in recent UN debates to the Jewish people and to their ancient homeland, Mr. Coleman asked the State Department to reaffirm our government’s opposition to the “involuntary association” of American citizens with Israel. In his reply. Mr. Hart wrote: “It is my considered belief that other governments are fully aware that the United States Government does not condone the involuntary identification of its citizens with a foreign state.”

However, Mr. Hart further declared: “I believe there is also a common awareness inside and outside our country of the undivided loyalty which American citizens, regardless of their race, color or creed, possess for their country and their flag.”

Rabbi Miller said that by deleting this sentence from its press release, the American Council for Judaism “distorted the intent of the State Department letter.” This, he stressed, “is another example of its fear psychosis which leads the American Council for Judaism to attack the loyalty of American Jews to their country.”

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